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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries to Addict People Under Guise of "Charity", "War on Piracy"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries to Addict People Under Guise of "Charity", "War on Piracy"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 16:20:03 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft's new Windows XP anti-piracy measure aimed at boosting Vista usage -

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| A new campaign announced by Microsoft China on Oct. 16 to combat piracy of 
| its Windows XP operating system has been met with fury by Chinese software 
| users, and according to one analyst, is more about forcing people to upgrade 
| to Windows Vista.   


South Africa: FET Colleges Accredited By Microsoft

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| FIFTY colleges of Further Education and Training (FET) will become accredited 
| Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Academies so that students can receive 
| internationally accredited training and certifications in addition to local 
| qualifications.   
| The agreement to introduce the training in all of SA's FETs was signed last 
| week by Microsoft and the communications department's Meraka e-Skills 
| Institute. The aim is to give students some skills that will increase their 
| immediate chance of employment and to give them a foundation to pursue 
| further studies in the field. The curriculum will be designed to give 
| students the chance to experience real-world challenges in the classroom, 
| with courses due to start next year.      


Predatory pricing is a crime. Microsoft should be aware of this.


Linux helps raise funds for a million soccer balls

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| "We recently used the Linux desktop multiplier to deploy 2 205 Linux
| desktops in 105 South African schools," said Hodgson, who described 
| the multiplier strategy as a "more affordable and 
| environmentally-friendly desktop alternative for South African schools".


Nepad e-Schools kicks off in SA

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| Maripe is one of six schools in SA in which computer labs and
| audio-visual centres will be installed as part of the demo project,
| which includes 18 African countries. The initiative was launched in
| March 2003 and aims to see the digitisation of all of the estimated
| 600 000 schools in Africa by 2013.
| [...]
| The computers have been equipped with a Linux operating system,
| e-mail client, browser and office productivity suite, and
| educational software that assists in the learning process, as
| well as the administration and maintenance of the school.


Tapping a world of schoolroom innovation

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| SchoolTool began development in 2000 and is funded by Mark Shuttleworth,
| of the South African-based Shuttleworth Foundation, creator of the
| free Ubuntu operating system.

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